Knox came into the role at the beginning of 2008 with more than 25 years’ experience in the global oil and gas industry, succeeding John Ellice-Flint who previously held the role for a similar tenure period of eight years.
He was a relative unknown champion of the oil and gas business back then, according to the then-chairman of the board, Stephen Gerlach’s speech to investors on 25 March, 2008.
Mr Gerlach however, applauded Mr Knox’s instatement, saying he will lead the company over the next phase of growth.
Aged in his late forties, Mr Knox was no stranger to the oil and gas business when he arrived at Santos. He had previously held positions with BP in Australia, the United Kingdom and Pakistan, management and engineering roles at ARCO and Shell in the United States, Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Norway.